Such a shame that the York Council seems once again to have taken its eye off the ball. While endlessly agonising about – and focusing expenditure on – pedestrian activities in the City centre, the suburbs remain neglected.
One public footpath on the A59 near Poppleton is now blocked by overhanging branches. The same stretch had a similar problem last year. Pedestrians are forced to walk on what can be a busy carriageway. Makes a nonsence of “social distancing”
Nearby by weeds are growing in the gutters on the road and in the underpass at the junction with the A1237.
The council doesn’t seem to have an inspection regime in place which identifies issues (even those that reoccur regularly) before they become an inconvenience to residents.
More trees are set to be planted this year as part of the Councils response to climate change. 50,000 are promised.
Officials say that the programme has been delayed by the heath scare although little progress seems to have been made in securing sites for the “forest”.
Over the last few months, residents have laid informal claims for the use of some unused areas of land on the City outskirts as informal exercise areas. These would be a good place for the Council to start looking for locations for planting although it does own several sites, including some near the river, which could accommodate more trees.
Informal walks through Acomb Wood, and the like, have brought home to more people the value of informal leisure space. Any Council initiative is likely to have popular support if it is pressed through quickly now.
Hopefully they will remedy the mistakes of the past and avoid planting inappropriate species of trees too close to paths and highways.
We have already learned that nearly £500,000 is required to repair part of the York – Selby cycle path which has been badly damaged by tree roots. One lesson is the need in the future to install “root shields” at vulnerable locations.
Its taken a long time, but the cycle path on Tadcaster Road (A1036) has finally been cleared of obstructions. A one metre margin has been cut and the worst of the overgrowing branches have been trimmed.
The Council still needs to apply some weed killer where grass is breaking through tde surface of the path.
There really needs to be an inspection regime put in place to avoid problems in the future on this, and other, dedicated paths.
The York Council took steps to secure playgrounds when the health crisis deepened in March.
Where playgrounds couldn’t be secured, some a attempt was made to surround equipment with barriers.
The intention was to stop transmission of the COVID virus through contact with the equipment. Similar campaigns were initiated on street gym equipment while the “wash your hands” message was continually reinforced.
After nearly 4 months, and with some children now returning to school, perhaps not surprisingly the lure of taking a turn on the play equipment is proving too be strong for some.
Children were playing on the climbing frame and on the zip wire on Foxwood Lane yesterday.
The Council needs to review its policies and – if appropriate – make additional efforts to discourage use of communal play equipment.
Pleased to report that the Council has been out and about dealing with some of the issues that we have reported regarding weed growth. Several areas have been cleared this week including the little Green Lane garage forecourt. .
Still a lot to do. The next application of weedkiller is due at the end of the month.